The December issue features our 2019 Approved Wet Dog Foods list and the criteria used to compile our list.
The FDA and many others are trying to determine if there is a link between cases of canine DCM and the affected dogs’ diets. Here’s our take – and suggestions for feeding your dogs.
The Ricochet is a high-tech toy is best deployed in interactive, supervised play with a single dog. Keep your video camera at hand, because you will want to record the fun!
Putting your dog’s nose to work is a fun and effective way to improve his behavior and responsiveness to you.
Billions are being spent to launch countless CBD “supplements,” which are widely available online and in pet supply stores. So why doesn’t your vet want to talk to you about these products?
Does your dog understand what behavior you wish her to perform when you use verbal cues alone, with absolutely no hand gestures or suggestive body language? In many cases, the body-language picture we present to our dogs tells them as much – or more – about what we expect them to do as our verbal cues do.
The fact is, feeding the same type of products from the same company year in and year out is putting your dog’s health solely in that company’s hands. There isn’t any single company I would trust my entire lifetime of nutrition to; why do we expect this from any pet food company for our dogs?
Nova’s placement is a win for Whole Dog Journal, since she’s a smart, well-behaved dog and her mom’s proximity and training acuity means they can model and demonstrate for articles in the magazine, often, I hope! Working with them has definitely been one of the highlights of putting this issue together.
In the most severe cases, dogs can develop anaphylactic shock. In canines, the shock organ is the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (in contrast to cats and humans, in which it is the lungs). Dogs in anaphylactic shock do not necessarily develop difficulty breathing. They are much more likely to develop sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse. The diarrhea and vomit can both be extremely bloody, in some cases.
To me, the benefits of off-leash walks in this area are worth the risks - but I also work hard to make sure my dogs have razor-sharp recalls, that they respond to "OFF!" by halting or turning away from whatever has piqued their interest, and that they will sit down immediately on cue and stay put until I release them with another cue. We practice each of these behaviors every single time we walk out there, and I bring high-value treats (and Woody's favorite squeak ball) to reward them richly for their cooperation.
By the 2010s, the marketing of pet foods had completely transformed from "We're veterinarians (alternately, professional breeders of show dogs); trust us to know what's good for your dog!" to "Doesn't this look and sound oh-so delicious and healthy?"
Dogs who quickly and willingly get into a crate save critical minutes in an extreme emergency evacuation. In some cases during the evacuation from the tragic Camp Fire, which started on November 8 near my town and burned for weeks, killing at least 88 people and countless animals, minutes made the difference between survival and death.